Monday, July 20, 2015

Rush Limbaugh Says The Daily Show Stole Idea From Terrible Fox News Program

You might be familiar with Rush Limbaugh as an obnoxious, ignorant, right-wing gasbag radio host. But did you know he's also a time traveler?

RUSH: You all remember a comedy show that was produced by a friend of mine Joel Surnow that ran on the Fox News Channel. It was called The 1/2 Hour News Hour, and on the pilot episode of that show... It was a 30-minute satire news program that the liberals have copied and they've got their own version of it now on Comedy Central just like a lot of what is on Comedy Central is a rip-off of my television show. So has the left ripped off The 1/2 Hour News Hour, retitled it, and done it under the umbrella of liberalism.

Some context for those of you who might not be familiar with what Rush is referring to. Many years ago, Fox News began airing The 1/2 Hour News Hour a "satirical" "comedy" news program catered for right-wingers. The show got cancelled after one season due to poor ratings, no doubt due to all the liberal Fox News viewers refusing to give it a chance.

Rush claims that programs like The Daily Show stole the idea from The 1/2 Hour News Hour. But that would be a little difficult, given that the latter first aired in 2007, and the former has been on the air since 1996, eleven years prior. Furthermore it's difficult to think that TDS copied THHNH, given that the creator of THHNH himself, described the show as "'The Daily Show' for conservatives".

Rush is very horrible at many subjects, particularly history, so it's no surprise he would get the time line here completely, and utterly wrong.

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